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Trimergo, developer of an ERP software for project-driven companies, will organize a seminar with Bodewes Shipyards for project-based companies in the offshore and maritime industries that are looking for a company-wide ERP solution. The seminar will be held in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands on March 27th.Why are project-based manufacturers different?“Because the demands of the customer have a strong influence on the design and production process, materials are ordered specifically for a project – they’re not in stock – and the planning of production capacity is quirky and complex. Because each project is different, the project margin and delivery time often have to be compromised,” Trimergo said.Bodewes Shipyards itself is a project-based company too. The focus of the company managed by Thecla Bodewes, businesswoman of the year 2011, is on new construction, repair and maintenance of inland vessels . These projects are managed by the ERP software Trimergo T2. Project margins and details are sharply monitored during the projectcycle .Speaker Ronald Frijling , Financial Director Bodewes Shipyards: “Reliable information from our ERP information system helps usto obtain financing for our projects at the bank easier; like this we build trust.”During the seminar, the Trimergo software will be demonstrated, and Ronald Frijling Bodewes will share his experience with the software.[mappress]Trimergo, March 3, 2014
Birkenhead-based shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird is to ramp up its operations in the energy sector with the appointment of a new managing director.Jonathan Brown has joined the energy division of Cammell Laird from Rolls Royce where he led its nuclear new build and projects group. Brown has previously worked for BNFL, Serco and AWE.Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said Brown would be charged with expanding the company’s drive to grow across nuclear, renewables and the oil and gas markets.“Cammell Laird has a long-term plan to diversify into the energy markets and we are pleased that Jonathan has joined us to help spearhead our operations,” Syvret said.“Our aim is to become one of the prime contractors in Britain serving the energy industry.”Renewable energy work has accounted for up to 10-15 per cent of Cammell Laird’s total revenues in recent years.Cammell Laird signed a deal in 2011 to support RWE, the German energy company that is developing the Gwynt y Mor wind farm about 18km off the north Wales coast. The farm is one of the largest in the UK, with 160 turbines and a capacity of 576 megawatts.Much of the equipment, including the turbines, has to be shipped over from European countries such as Denmark. Cammell Laird, which has the largest docks on the UK mainland’s west coast, has been used as the base port for the operation.
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KAREN WATKINSA local faith-based organisation has raised concern about plans to mine for uranium in the Karoo Basin. They say shallow mining of uranium would create huge clouds of radioactive dust that could travel beyond the Karoo. Constantia activist Marilyn Lilley says we are dealing here with people’s rights to a healthy environment, clean water and air and compliance with our constitution to protect our environment.Australian mining company Peninsula Energy, through its BEE partners, Lukisa JV and Mmakau Mining with Tasman Pacific Minerals, have applied for mining rights for uranium and molybdenum in the Karoo area. Uranium is silvery-white and is used in nuclear reactors and molybdenum is a silver-gray metal used primarily for strengthening of steel alloy production. Dr Rudy Boer of Ferret Mining, the consultancy doing the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management plan (EMP), says accidental contamination of water systems with potentially radioactive material is possible.The EIA report and EMP document submitted to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on January 25 this year states that the risk of uranium contamination is high.Muna Lakhani of anti-nuclear lobby group EarthLife Africa in Wynberg, says Earthlife Africa Namibia has found that uranium mining there leads to radioactive dust being spread around. “This means that air, water and land are polluted, and as radiation accumulates in humans, animals and plants, the harm is long-term and multi-generational. Also, because it affects things like DNA, future generations may be born with health problems they would not have otherwise had. Also, it’s pretty impossible to rehabilitate the land back to where it was,” said Mr Lakhani.He added that tourism, community life and farming will also be impacted due to the dust, pollution, radiation and the impact on groundwater.There are several methods of mining uranium, the main ones being pit mining, box mining and in-situ leaching. Tim van Stormbroek of Ferret Mining says company documents and the mining rights application to the DMR speak of open-pit mining, to be followed by underground mining. The use of in-situ leaching is ruled out here.Hydrogeologist Dr Stefan Cramer, who is advising the Westlake-based Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI), says the standard method to suppress the dust is to spray water, this would draw on scarce water resources and require millions of litres each year. It would also contaminate groundwater.“Water is essential for life. We can’t live without it,” says SAFCEI’s Bishop Geoff Davies. He added that uranium mining will pollute and destroy our water systems, our soil and air and the health and peace of the Karoo and further afield.However, Mr Stormbroek said Tasman RSA Mine will tap into a different aquifer from the one that Beaufort West gets its water from. He said the quantity of water in this aquifer far exceeds that needed for mining uranium and this estimate does not take into account water-recycling steps. “And with today’s mining technology, which is far more advanced than in the past, up to 90 percent is recoverable.”According to Peninsula Energy’s website, they started drilling along the Ryst Kuil channel in February 2013. They state that this returned encouraging initial results. Now they wish to set up a central processing plant and a tailings dam. The Ryst Kuil area is about 32 000 hectares and is about 40km south-east of Beaufort West. Peninsula Energy’s CEO Gus Simpson said this central processing plant would initially require between 0.7 and 1.3 million cubic metres a year, but when it is in operation, they expect up to 90 percent of the required water will be processed in the recycling plant.Dr Cramer says the controversial shale gas mining (fracking) is still about 10 years away because the exploration phase has not even started, but uranium mining will begin almost immediately because the exploration phase has been finalised.Mr Simpson said if the mining rights are approved, the earliest date for construction of the mine would be in 2018 and followed by production in 2019 or 2020.Bishop Davies believes thousands of people will be impoverished by uranium mining while a minority will make a lot of money. Asked what they plan to do with the mined uranium Mr Simpson said South Africa does not currently have enrichment capacity so any uranium oxide produced from the Karoo projects would have to be exported for enrichment. He said the uranium ore will be crushed and converted into uranium oxide, “yellow cake” onsite. The yellow cake will then be transported by rail from Beaufort West to Cape Town before being exported to utilities in Western Europe and America.According to its website, Peninsula Energy “has 74 percent interest in 42 prospecting rights of the main uranium-molybdenum bearing sandstone channel in the Karoo Basin, covering 7 800km². The residual 26 percent interest is held by BEE partners as required by South African law’’.In 2012, worldwide production of uranium amounted to 58 394 tons. South Africa is said to have six percent of global identified resources of uranium, or 970 000 tons, the seventh highest share in the world. Kazakhstan, Canada, and Australia are the top three producers accounting for 64 percent of world uranium production.Mr Simpson said drilling was done historically by Esso Minerals in the late 1970s and more recent drilling was done since 2007 to re-evaluate these historic mineralisation areas.Bishop Davies says the Karoo could be a treasure trove of renewable energy. “The sun provides us with six to ten thousand times more energy than we need. All we need to do is catch the sun in the day and the wind at night and there is no fuel cost involved,” he says. “So why risk the pollution and destruction of hydraulic fracking and uranium mining when we have an abundance of these safer, healthier, better and cheaper resources?”Ms Lilley believes uranium mining, as well as fracking, spells disaster for the Karoo. “It will turn the affected areas into an industrial wasteland and the toxic and radioactive nature of both uranium mining and fracking will have serious health impacts on affected communities and the environment,” she says. She adds that the severe on going drought must be taken into account in assessing the licence applications. “In the water scarce areas where several communities are without water and where many wells in the Karoo have already run dry,” says Ms Lilley.* Tuesday March 15 was the deadline for objections to the environmental impact assessment public consultation process. But Dr Cramer says people can still make objections, but they will not officially become part of the application for mining rights. These can be sent to Ferret Mining and Environmental, at email@example.com* The Bulletin, Athlone News’ sister paper asked Beaufort West mayor Edward Njadu to comment, but by the time this edition went to print, he had not yet responded.* Additional information sourced from http://www.protestbarrick.net/article.php?id=572 and http://olca.cl/oca/tanzania /tanzania007.htm
The lord chancellor, David Lidington, arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning for the swearing in of Sir Ian Burnett as the new lord chief justice.In his inaugural message, Sir Ian Burnett said: ‘At times of great change the central role of the judiciary upholding the rule of law remains a constant, as do our impartiality and independence. I believe we should be better at explaining our role and the vital importance of our independence and impartiality.’Speaking at the event, Law Society chief executive recalled Burnett’s concern for access to justice expressed in a case three years ago. ‘Proposals to limit the number of criminal legal aid contracts were challenged by the profession and your Lordship said that a high degree of fairness was required in considering and I quote ‘… the impact upon those who secure the contracts and upon access to justice.’The swearing in was one several formal ceremonies taking place today, the opening of the legal year.At the Supreme Court, Lady Hale of Richmond has been sworn in as the institution’s first woman president. Lord Mance was sworn in as deputy president and Lady Black of Derwent, Lord Lloyd-Jones and Lord Briggs of Westbourne as justices.In a tribute to Lady Hale, Lord Mance said that Hale’s route to the Supreme Court, including as an academic, law commissioner and barrister, had provided her with valuable insight. ‘While her original specialism was in family law and mental health law she has made enormous contributions in other areas,’ he said. ‘Her wish to connect with both lawyers and non-lawyers is plain from her fresh and engaging style in her judgments as well as from her speeches and lectures,’ he said.‘She has been and is a role model for many and is a tireless promoter of women and other under represented groups in the judiciary and among lawyers.’
City firm Berwin Leighton Paisner has said it is carrying out an ‘extensive review’ of its associations after it was named as a ‘legal adviser’ to the Presidents Club Charitable Trust.The firm said it was undertaking the review to ensure that its associations, including charities, and ’choices made by partners and others involved with the firm’ reflected its ‘diversity and other values’.According to accounts filed with the Charity Commission, the firm acted as ‘principal legal adviser’ to the charitable trust. The firm said it had carried out ’occasional pieces of work for this charity on a pro bono basis as we do for a number of other registered charities’. The Presidents Club’s annual men-only black-tie event, held at London’s Dorchester Hotel, hit headlines last week after the Financial Times reported that hostesses were subjected to groping and inappropriate comments.BLP partner Graham Shear, head of international commercial dispute resolution, attended the event and has been listed as a ‘committee member’. The firm said in a statement today: ‘Our partner Graham Shear is extremely embarrassed and deeply regrets his attendance and any association with the dinner and apologises unreservedly.’ The firm added that Shear ‘recognises that such events are inconsistent with our values and beliefs.’Lisa Mayhew, managing partner at BLP, added: ‘At BLP we have worked hard to create an environment where everyone is valued and motivated. We deplore the activities reported at The Presidents Club dinner. This event was absolutely contrary to BLP’s commitment to a culture that is respectful and promotes equal opportunities.’
SWITZERLAND: Stadler Rail officially opened its train commissioning centre in Erlen on October 22. The Inbetriebsetzungs-Zentrum will enable Stadler to test and commission trainsets up to 150 m long, too long for the tracks at its Bussnang and Altenrhein assembly plants.Construction of the centre on a site alongside Swiss Federal Railways’ Zürich – Romanshorn line was launched in October last year. It has seven test tracks, two electrified. The main hall is 162 m long and 42 m wide, and is designed to be extended to 230 m with additional tracks. Stadler has invested SFr30m in the facility, which will employ around 60 staff. It will be used to commission the 50 KISS double-deck EMUs being built for Zürich S-Bahn services and 50 FLIRT units for Norway’s NSB. ‘The Stadler IBS Centre enables a very sensible change of use for the former tank farm site, which has been wasteland for more than 10 years now, and what is more, creates additional skilled jobs’, said Mayor of Erlen Roman Brülisauer at the opening ceremony.
JoJo has released new track Lonely Hearts, the latest song from her new album good to know, which arrives next Friday (1st May) on Clover Music / Warner Records.Lonely Hearts follows the release of single Man. You can take a listen to the new track below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“This song continues the journey of self-love that I’ve been on,” explains JoJo. “Realizing that while temptation and self-doubt may arise, at the end of the day, choosing self-preservation over toxic relationships is what I’m doing in my life right now.”Fans can expect a mix of raw and reckless attitude with introspective R&B, captivating hooks, and lush harmonics when good to know arrives next week. JoJo has worked with producers Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Santigold), Lido (Halsey, Chance The Rapper), and 30 Roc (Roddy Ricch, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B) on the record.In September JoJo is due to come to the UK for a headline tour. The dates are:2nd – Glasgow, Old Fruitmarket3rd – Manchester, O2 Ritz6th – London, Roundhouse8th – Birmingham, O2 Institute9th – Brighton, Concorde 2
The new Ku-Band High Power Transceiver (HPT) is a complete airborne SatCom solution, integrating a GaN SSPA, up-converters, down-converters, and digital control technology to offer a highly modular yet easily maintained system complete with advanced interoperability features and multiple Built-in-Test (BIT) functions. Leveraging the higher maximum channel temperature limit of GaN devices, along with built-in SSPA protection against high VSWR loads, the 25 W HPT system offers extremely high standard reliability and stability for commercial airborne systems.For applications that require additional commercial air transport use assurance, an optional vibration insensitive OCXO installed on a vibration isolation platform is available. The HPT can transmit from 13.75 to 14.5 GHz with an IF frequency of 950 to 1700 MHz and a gain variation of less than 1.0 dB over any 36 MHz band. It provides frequency down conversion from 10.7 to 11.7 GHz to the low band IF of 950-1950 MHz or from 11.7 to 12.75 GHz to the high band IF of 1100-2150 MHz. The Receive bands are selectable with commands over the Ethernet bus.Click here to get more updates on IMS 2017. At the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Hawaii this year, Smiths Interconnect, is showcasing its diverse portfolio of integrated microwave assemblies (IMAs) along with the recently released Ku-Band High Power Transceiver (HPT). The 2017 edition of this symposium organized by IEEE is being held in the city of Honolulu in Hawaii from 4-9 June, 2017.